Journeys in ancient and old growth forests
Cathedral Grove 
A beautiful trail through centuries-old hemlock forest.
Park Name: Algonquin Provincial Park 
Size: 0 ha
Age of oldest known trees: 250 years
Forest Type: Hemlock 
Conservation Status: Protected 
Land Use Designation: Provincial Park 
One of many old-growth forest areas in Algonquin Park; among the most accessible 
The Bat Lake Trail winds its way past cascading streams, viewpoints, lakes, wetlands, beaver ponds, and of course, old-growth forest. There is no more beautiful time to be there than an afternoon in early October when the leaves are changing. The beginning and end of the Trail was logged a generation ago, so keep an eye out for the partly-decayed, flat-topped stumps of white pines. About half the length of the trail goes under cover of old-growth maple, yellow birch, and hemlocks. Cathedral Grove is a small, but dramatic grove of old hemlock, the trunks of which resemble columns of a cathedral.
Latitude: 45.57600           Longitude: -78.52300

Google Map Link:,-78.52300

Other Maps:   Directions: The Bat Lake Trail is accessed from the Frank McDougall Parkway (Hwy. 60). The trailhead is 30 km from the west entrance near Dwight and 26 km from the east entrance near Whitney

Hiking Trail:
  Bat Lake Trail
  Length: 6.0km
  Difficulty(1=Easy, 10=Hard): 2
  An interpretive guide to the ecology of the old-growth forest is available